The Second Coming,the Rapture,and the Day of the Lord

Jesus Christ will come back! But when and how? Will He come secretly or will everyone see Him? What about the rapture? Will there be seven years of tribulation? When will God pour out His wrath? See what the Bible say`s about these questions and more in this study below,   "The Second coming, the Rapture, and the Day of the Lord"

  This study on the Second coming,the Rapture and the Day of the Lord is the new incomplete revised version.It will have much more information and detail of the Scriptures than my original study.Meanwhile you can find the complete original study HERE! 

    The predominant and most popular teaching concerning the Rapture of the Church is the pre-tribulation view. This view teaches that the Church will be snatched away from this earth before the seven years of tribulation begins, before the anti-christ, before the mark of the Beast is instituted, before any trouble. But is that what the Word of God teaches? The fact is there is no scripture that states that the Rapture will be Pre-tribulation.

   There are many Pre-tribulation Bible teachers that I respect and even support there ministries, yet I believe they have missed the timing of the Rapture. This study will show with much scripture support that the catching away of the church will be before Gods wrath but will go through a period of tribulation. Understanding the differance between tribulation and Gods wrath is one of the keys to understanding the timing of the Rapture within what is commonly called the seven years of tribulation. But we must begin with an understanding of the Tribulation period itself. What is its purpose and why seven years? 

 The Seventieth week of Daniel

    In the Book of Daniel we read, "In the first year of  Da-ri`-us the son of A-has-u-e`-rus, of the seed of the Medes, which was made King over the realm of the Chal-de`-ans; in the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the Word of the Lord came to Jer-e-mi`-ah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem".(Daniel 9:1,2) Daniel had studied the Torah, the writings of moses and the prophecies of Jeremiah and knew that God had punished Israel for worshiping false gods and for disobeying the seventh year sabbath for the land. The Lord had spoken to Moses this commandment, "Six years thou shalt sow thy field, and six years thou shalt prune thy vineyard., and gather in the fruit thereof; But in the seventh year shall be a sabbath of rest unto the land, a sabbath for the Lord; thou shalt neither sow thy field, nor prune thy vineyard."(Lev. 25:3,4) God had warned Israel, "And I will scatter you among the heathen, and will draw out a sword after you: and your land shall be desolate, and your cities waste. Then shall the land enjoy her sabbaths, as long as it lieth desolate, and ye be in your enemies land; even then shall the land rest, and enjoy her sabbaths. As long as it lieth desolate it shall rest; because it did not rest in your sabbaths, when ye dwelt upon it".(Lev. 26:33-35) God spoke through the Prophet Jeremiah, "And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the King of Babylon seventy years". And it shall come to pass, when seventy years are accomplished, that I will punish the King of Babylon, and that nation, saith the Lord..."(Jer.25:11) "For thus saith the Lord, that after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place."(Jer 29:10) The time of Israel`s seventy years of captivity to Nebuchadnezzer, King of  Babylon was about to be fulfilled, so Daniel cried out unto the Lord for Israel`s sins.(Daniel 9:3-19) 

While Daniel was praying, the Angel Gabriel appeared to him in a vision and said,       (V.24) "Seventy weeks [of years, or 490 years] are decreed upon your people and upon your holy city [Jerusalem], to finish and put an end to trangression, to seal up and make full the measure of sin, to purge away and make expiation and reconciliation for sin, to bring in everlasting righteousness (permanent moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation) to seal up vision and prophecy and prophet, and to anoint a Holy of Holies.

  (25) Know therefore and understand that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to rebuild Jerusalem until [the coming of] the anointed One, a Prince, shall be seven weeks  [of years] and sixty-two weeks [of years] ( a total of 483 years); it shall be built again with [city] square and moat, but in troublous times.( According to Bible scholars the commandment to to restore and rebuild Jerusalem came on March 14th, 445BC. Counting forward 483 years, (173,880 days) takes us to the "Triumphant Entry", the day Jesus entered Jerusalem as King.

  (26) And after the sixty-two weeks [of years] shall the Anointed One be cut off or killed and shall have nothing [and no one] belonging to [and defending] Him. And  the people of the [other] prince who will come will destroy the city and sancuary. Its end shall come with a flood; and even to the end there shall be war, and desolations are decreed."(Daniel 9:24-26) (Amp) 

   In verse 24 the Hebrew for "Seventy weeks" is literaly "seventy sevens" meaning seventy sets of sevens years, equaling "four hundred and ninty years. (70 x 7= 490). In other words an additional 490 years of judgement were being added to the 70 years that Israel had already spent in captivity.

Verses 25 and 26 say that there would be a commandment to restore and rebuild the city of Jerusalem that had been destroyed by King Nebuchadnezzer during the captivity. This came to pass when King Artaxerxes gave the commandment to Nehemiah to rebuild the city and the wall.(see the Book of Nehemiah). Verse 25 says that it would be built again in "troublous times". Nehemiah wrote "...that half of my sevants wrought in the work, and the other half of them held both the spears, the sheilds, and the bows, and the habergeons (the armor); and the rulers were behind all the house of Judah.

They that builded on the wall, and they that bare burdens, with those that laded, every one with one of his hands wrought in the work, and with the other hand held a weapon.

For the builders, every one had his sword girded by his side, and so builded...."(Neh.4:16,17,18)

Verse 26 says that after the sixty-two weeks or 434 years after the rebuilding of the wall, "....shall Mes-si`-ah be cut off, but not for himself...."(KJV) This was a prophecy of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ our Lord. 69 of the 70 weeks, or 483 years of the 490 years was fulfilled and the prophetic time clock stopped with the crucifixion, and the birth of the Church age. There now remains a final seven years to fulfill the prophecy. During this seven years God will be dealing primarily with Israel, however the whole world will feel the effects. This period is commonly called the seven years of tribulation, but should more accurately be called the seventieth week of Daniel. 

   

 The Beginning

 ."... And the people of the [other] prince who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. Its end shall come with a flood; and even to the end there shall be war, and desolations are decreed. And he shall enter into a strong and firm covenant with the many for one week [seven years]. And in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and offering to cease...." (Dan 9:26,27) (Amp)                                                                                                                               

   The Seventieth week will begin when Israel and the Anti-christ make a seven year covenant or treaty of some sort together. This treaty will likely involve some other nations also since the original Hebrew says he will enter into a covenant with "the many". After three and one-half years ( 360 day Biblical years), He will break the covenant and cause the Abomination of Desolation. 

This period of seven years is mainly for judgment on Israel. Remember the angel Gabriel said that it was determined upon Daniel`s people, Israel, and upon the Holy city, Jerusalem. However, these Judgements will eventualy effect the whole world.

The Signs of the Times 

    Just a few days before Jesus was to be crucified ,as He and his disciples, Peter, James, John and Andrew left the Holy Temple, they commented on the magnificent building of the temple. (Matthew chapter 24) Jesus answered them saying " See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another,that shall not be thrown down." His disciples asked Him; When will this happen and what will be the signs of Your coming and of the end of the age? Jesus began to give them several signs.

First, in verses 4 and 5, He warns of anti-christ,...."Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name saying I am Christ; and shall deceive many". It is not mere coincidence that Jesus mentions this sign first. Notice how it lines up with anti-christ making a covenant with Israel that we discussed above. It also lines up with the First seal in Revelation chapter 6 and the releasing of the first Horseman on the White horse which represents the anti-christ. This sign is the beginning of the 70th week of Daniel. (For more on the Four Horseman, click Here)

Next in in verses 6 and 7 He mentions "Wars and rumors of wars" and that "nation shall rise against nation, and Kingdom against Kingdom". Again, this lines up with the Second seal of Revelation,the rider on the red horse, representing war.                                                                                                                                                                        Also in verse 7, Jesus gives famines as the next sign which lines up perfectly with the Third seal and the rider on the black horse which represents famine.

Next, also in verse 7, He mention pestilences, which is what the fourth horse and rider under the fourth seal represent; Death from pestilences. The greek for pestilence is loy-mos, meaning plague and disease.

Lets take another look at how these signs line up with the first four seals of Revelation chapter 6.

  • Anti-christ shall come (matt 24:4,5)} The first seal represents Anti-christ (Rev 6:2)
  • Wars and rumors of wars(matt 24:6,7)} The Second seal represents War (Rev 6:3,4)
  • Famines (matt 24:7)} The Third seal represents Famine (Rev 6:5,6)
  • Pestilences (matt 24:7) The fourth seal represents Pestilences (Rev 6:7,8)

Many Bible Scholars agree with the lining up of these first four signs that Jesus gives, with the first four seals, but most want to stop there; Yet they are leaving out, (Hopefully out of ignorance and not on purpose) the most important sign of all. The sign that is the major key to the timing of the Rapture. We will get to that a little bit later. First lets take a look at the next major sign that will occur before the Rapture.

In verse 15, still in the 24th chapter of Matthew, Jesus mentions the Abomination of Desolation, "When ye therefore shall see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place...."

This Abomination of Desolation is when the Anti-christ will stand in the Holy of Holies in the rebuilt temple and claim to be the Most High. For more on this see The Abomination of Desolation. We have already shown above that this will take place in the middle of the seven years. Lets take a quick review again of these signs and how they fall into place within the seven years or seventieth of Daniel.

  • The first sign, anti-christ, lines up with the first seal and begins the seventieth week
  • The second sign, war, lines up with the second seal
  • The third sign, famine, lines up with the third seal
  • The fourth sign, pestilence, lines up with the fourth seal
  • The next sign is the Abomination of Desolation, which marks the mid-point of the seven year period. While this does not correspond directly to a seal, it does set us up for the Fifth seal, Martyrdom. 

Moving to verse 21, Jesus said that there would be Great Tribulation associated with the Abomination of Desolation, For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be"  

 

 

 

 


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